PISCATAWAY, NJ – For the second time in three weeks, sophomore goalie Greg Havlachak (Corning, NY) has been named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced today.
Havalchak earned the award for his performance in Rutgers’ 14-10 victory over fourth-ranked Syracuse on April 17. He was spectacular in goal, stopping 21 shots, including 10 in the fourth quarter as SU attempted to overcome a 12-5 second-half deficit. The Orangemen entered the game as the nation’s top scoring offense, averaging 14.6 goals per game. Led by Havalchak, Rutgers held them to their second-lowest offensive output of the season and contained three-time All-American Michael Powell, who finished with just four points.
Saturday’s game marked the third time this season Havalchak has amassed 20 or more saves. He stopped a career-high 22 shots in the season-opener against Dartmouth on Feb. 28 and also made 20 saves in a 7-6 triple-overtime win against Farifield on April 1.
The reigning ECAC Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Havalchak currently leads the conference in save percentage (.660), saves (132) and goals-against average (6.85). Nationally, he ranks fourth in goals-against average and third in save percentage.
Following its second consecutive victory over Syracuse, Rutgers (7-3) moved up six spots in the USILA Poll to No. 9.
The Scarlet Knights return to action on Saturday, April 24, when they travel to State College, PA, to open ECAC play against Penn State at noon.